WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
tear•ing1  (tēring), 

    Pathology, Physiologyshedding tears.
Etymology:bef. 1000;
Old English tæherende (not recorded in Middle English);
see tear1, -ing2

tear•ing2  (târing), 

    violent or hasty:with tearing speed.
  • tear2 + -ing2 1600–10
tearing•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
tear1 /tɪr/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. Physiologya drop of salty, watery fluid produced by glands around the eyelid:Tears wash away dirt and dust in the eye.
  2. Physiologya drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief, pain, or sadness:Tears flowed down his face during the funeral.
  3. tears, [plural] an act of weeping:She burst into tears.

v. [no object]
  • (of the eyes) to fill up and overflow with tears:His eyes teared whenever he thought of his late father.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsin tears, weeping:I found her in tears.

    tear•ful, adj. 
    tear•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est.

    tear2 /tɛr/USA pronunciation v., tore, torn, tear•ing,n. 

  • to (cause to) be pulled apart or in pieces by force: [+ object]He tore the fabric.[no object]This fabric tears easily.
  • [+ object] to pull or snatch violently:She tore the book from my hands.
  • [no object] to move or behave with violent haste or great energy:The wind tore through the trees.
  • [+ object; usually: be + torn] to divide or disrupt:The country was torn by civil war.
  • [+ object] to produce (a hole or rip) by pulling apart:to tear a hole in one's coat.
  • [+ object + away] to remove by force or effort:It was such an exciting lecture, I couldn't tear myself away.
  • tear at, [+ at + object]
    • to pull or pluck violently at:He tore at her sleeve, begging her to stay.
    • to cause a feeling of distress, pain, or unhappiness; afflict:The grief tore at his heart.
    tear down: 
    • to pull down;
      demolish: [+ object + down]They're tearing the old library down.[+ down + object]They're tearing down the old library.
    • to discredit or show to be false: [+ down + object]He tore down the theory that some races are more intelligent than others.[+ object + down]The scientists were quick to tear that theory down.
  • tear into, [+ into + object] to attack quickly and viciously:The army tore into the enemy.
  • tear up: 
    • to tear into small shreds: [+ up + object]He tore up the message.[+ object + up]He tore the message up.
    • to cancel or annul: [+ up + object]to tear up a contract.[+ object + up]to tear a contract up.

    n. [countable]
  • the act of tearing.
  • a place where something is or has been torn, ripped, or pulled apart.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]a spree:The shoppers went on a tear through the mall.
  • See torn.

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    tearing /ˈtɛərɪŋ/ adj
    1. violent or furious (esp in the phrase tearing hurry or rush)

    tear /tɪə/ n
    1. a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands
      See tears
    2. something shaped like a hanging drop: a tear of amber

    Also called (esp Brit): teardrop Etymology: Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri

    ˈtearless adj
    tear /tɛə/ vb (tears, tearing, tore, torn)
    1. to cause (material, paper, etc) to come apart or (of material, etc) to come apart; rip
    2. (transitive) to make (a hole or split) in (something)
    3. (intransitive) often followed by along: to hurry or rush
    4. (tr; usually followed by away or from) to remove or take by force
    5. when intr, often followed by at: to cause pain, distress, or anguish (to)
    6. tear one's hairinformal to be angry, frustrated, very worried, etc
    1. a hole, cut, or split
    2. the act of tearing

    See also tear away, tear downEtymology: Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy

    ˈtearable adj ˈtearer n

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